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iPad Quick Tip:Manage a Bluetooth Keyboard

If you’ve paired a Bluetooth keyboard, be sure to turn it off or disable Bluetooth when you’re not using it. If you enter any editable text field that requires text input and the keyboard is within range, the onscreen keyboard won’t appear.

You can press the Eject button on the Bluetooth keyboard to toggle the appearance of the onscreen keyboard. But it’s easier just to turn off the external keyboard when you’re not going to use it for a while, or taking the iPad to another room.

To turn off the Apple Wireless Keyboard, press and hold the power button for a few seconds. The status light will come on; wait until it goes out. Then the keyboard’s power is off, and the iPad will resume using its onscreen keyboard.

You can also go to Settings > General > Bluetooth and set the Bluetooth switch to off, which both reduces battery usage and disables any other paired Bluetooth connection.